Press releases

  • Response to Birmingham and Leeds Clean Air Zone (CAZ) delays

    18 June 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “This news is extremely disappointing. Cleaning up our air should be a national priority for the sake of all our health, but the can has been kicked down the road yet again.

  • Comment on Walk to School Week

    20 May 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “Walking and cycling to school is a key part of cleaning up the air around our homes and schools.

  • Comment on Global Action Plan's research suggesting indoor air pollution can be 3.5 times worse than outdoor air pollution

    15 May 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “Air pollution is a public health crisis, and while road traffic and industry are major polluters outside, it’s critical we also think about what’s contributing to the air quality inside our homes.

  • Majority of Edinburgh residents support LEZ introduction, poll finds

    10 May 2019

    Two thirds of people in Edinburgh and the Lothians support the introduction of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), according to a new poll.

  • Response to the Lancet Planetary Health study showing traffic-related air pollution is associated with 4 million new cases of childhood asthma every year

    10 April 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “We used to think the only real danger roads posed to children was the threat of a car accident. However now we can see there’s an equally deadly risk; breathing in illegal levels of air pollution and getting a respiratory disease like asthma, or growing up to have smaller, weaker lungs.

  • Response to NHS Digital prescribing stats report for England 2018

    28 March 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “It’s shocking but sadly not surprising that the amount of stop smoking medication being prescribed is continuing to decline at such a steep rate.

  • Response to ASH & CRUK annual survey of tobacco control leads in England

    15 March 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation said: “These figures are shocking but sadly not surprising. Many local authorities are having to make these very difficult decisions because the ongoing cuts to public health funding have been severe. However, where this is done people are being left without any route to stop smoking support. This is unacceptable.

  • Response to the PHE air quality review

    11 March 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “Air pollution is a danger to everyone’s health, and children are among those most at risk. It can stunt the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them exposed to chronic chest problems later in life. It’s clear we need action now, so we welcome the suggestion to ban idling cars outside school gates.

  • Response to the APPG on Smoking and Health submission to the Prevention Green Paper

    3 March 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: "We welcome these comprehensive recommendations. Action forcing tobacco firms to pick up the bill for tackling the grave harm their industry is doing is especially welcome.

  • Response to NICE air pollution quality standard

    28 February 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “We welcome this new guidance on air pollution. Dirty air is linked to lung cancer, heart and respiratory disease. Everyone is at risk, so it’s vital local authorities take this advice and turn it into bold action.

  • Response to PHE annual e-cigarette review

    27 February 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation said “Young people’s regular use of e-cigarettes is low and broadly just among those who already smoke.

  • Response to analysis on children & young people's health in the UK

    20 February 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health said: “It’s shocking that the mortality rate for young people with asthma is so high. All deaths from asthma are potentially avoidable, so we must take action to transform care and protect future generations.

  • Response to clinical trial on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a quitting tool

    31 January 2019

    Dr Nick Hopkinson, medical director at the British Lung Foundation said: “This clinical trial shows clearly that e-cigarettes can be an effective way to help smokers quit, combined with one to one counselling.

  • Queen’s University Belfast to lead vital research into incurable lung condition

    18 January 2019

    1,000 people are needed for ground-breaking research into an incurable lung condition. Supported by the British Lung Foundation, Professor Lorcan McGarvey from Queen’s University Belfast and colleagues from around the UK will conduct research into the very early stages of the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects three million people in the UK.[i]

  • Response to the government's Clean Air Strategy

    14 January 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “We welcome this Clean Air Strategy as a step in the right direction. In particular, it’s good to see it includes proposals to improve access to air pollution information, something many of the patients we support ask for. It also acknowledges World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines as the best standard to abide by.

  • Response to analysis on frequent users of A&E

    10 January 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health said: “Sadly it’s not a surprise that those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) frequently visit A&E. We know more people are likely to end up in A&E if they don’t have access to the best support to manage their lung condition.

  • Comment on the NHS Long Term Plan

    7 January 2019

    Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “At last lung disease is a clinical priority for the NHS. It’s been neglected for far too long – it’s the UK’s third biggest killer, millions live with undiagnosed lung conditions and unlike other major disease areas, mortality rates haven’t decreased in over a decade.

  • Response to Public Health England's Smokefree Health Harms campaign

    28 December 2018

    Alison Cook, Director of Policy at the British Lung Foundation said: “It’s never too late to give up smoking, no matter how long you’ve smoked for, and if you have a lung condition it’s often the single most important thing you can do to turn your health around.

  • Response to NHS Digital smoking in pregnancy stats for quarter two

    6 December 2018

    Dr Nick Hopkinson, medical director at the British Lung Foundation, said: “Smoking during pregnancy is a big health risk for mothers and children, so it’s vital that women get the help and treatment they need.

  • Dr Nick Hopkinson appointed as new medical director at the British Lung Foundation

    1 December 2018

    The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has appointed Dr Nick Hopkinson as its medical director. Nick is a Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College as well as an Honorary Consultant Chest Physician at The Royal Brompton Hospital

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